Nigeria: 5 Dead In Jalingo Blast, Bomb Scare In Yola

Report says at least five people have died and about ten injured following the explosion in Jalingo, the Taraba State Capital.

A part of the state’s ministry of finance, has been blown apart. The explosion occurred as civil servants resume work for the week.

“A suicide bomber on a motorcycle rammed into the police rider [motorcycle escort],” a police spokesman said

“The bomb went off, killing the bomber,and injuring the outrider. The CP escaped unhurt, but the windshield to his car was badly damaged”

Police spokesperson, Ibiang Mbasike, confirmed the incident but did not give any casualty figure.

There are reports that the state commissioner of police was targeted but that could not be independently confirmed.

No group has said it carried out the bombings but militant group Boko Haram has staged many such attacks.

Witnesses say Sule survived the attack but that the huge explosion ripped through a nearby market and the local finance ministry offices, the AP news agency reports.

Meanwhile, there was pandemonium in Yola Monday after a red metallic Honda car was found parked at a Yola lower magistrate court, just about 100 meters away from the Headquarters of the Adamawa Police Command, and suspected to be bomb-laden contains no bombs, the police have said.

Nemuel Yoila, spokesperson for the Adamawa Police command, confirmed the bomb alarm was a hoax, saying no explosive was found in the car.

He however defended police action on the car, which has aggravated fear within the city.

“This is measures the police take to protect lives and property,” he said.”It is a normal police routine that any vehicle we suspect to contain any incriminating material or any vehicle we discover abandoned we cordon off the area and search.”

Meanwhile, the police said the owner of the red metallic Honda with plate number AJ 23 JMT is yet to be identified. The car has been towed to the police headquarters and would remain in police custody until the police is satisfied it was not used for shady purposes.

Although normalcy is gradually returning to the city after its scared residents ran indoors for safety, an atmosphere of fear still lingers in Yola and residents say they are still too scared to venture outside.

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